Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate as a Top-Dress on Reducing Lameness and Improving the Performance of Holstein Feedlot Cattle

Document Type : Scientific - Research Articles


1 Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Department of animal science. zanjan university. zanjan. Iran

3 PhD Students in Animal Nutrition, Zanjan University, Zanjan, Iran.


In order to study of effects of sodium bicarbonate on lameness occurrence and the performance of feedlot cattle, 100 Holstein
bull calves (251.75 ± 5.75) were used in a completely randomized design. Calves were group fed a similar basal diet during
42 days experimental period. Used treatments included 1) control treatment without feed additive, and 2) experimental diet
that calves consumed 50 g/d sodium bicarbonate. Results showed that the effect of experimental diet on dry matter intake